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Your daily jolt: Senate Dems to push back on ethics, abortion, HOPE and foreclosures

On Feb. 5, when the south Georgia contest to replace John Bulloch is completed, Republicans will have 38 members in a 56-member state Senate.

That will give the GOP a super-majority of two-thirds. Which means Democrats will be a super-minority.

Nonetheless, Senate Democrats this morning intend to push out their agenda for this year’s legislative session. Much of it is blue-skying, but here’s a quick rundown of the new legislation they’ll attempt:

– A bill to eliminate all distinctions between the Zell Miller scholarship and other HOPE grants, and to require colleges universities and tech schools to accept HOPE payments as full tuition. Sponsor: Curt Thompson of Tucker;

– A bill to reduce GPA requirement for HOPE grants to 2.0. Sponsor: Jason Carter of Decatur;

– A prohibition on the use of handheld devices while driving. Horacena Tate of Atlanta;

– Repeal of the “fetal pain” bill that the Legislature passed last year, reducing the period during which a woman can seek an …

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Don’t bet the farm on Marco Rubio as Mitt Romney’s running mate

Several years ago, there was a publishing house that failed to recognize the potential of a certain, young cross-cultural politician in Illinois.

The rights to “Dreams from My Father” were sold to another imprint for pocket change. Once Barack Obama decided to run for president, someone made a lot of money.

But it wasn’t the company that paid Obama to write his autobiography.

Now, another cross-cultural politician has written another memoir. This time, the publisher knows a long-term investment when it sees one. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., arrived in Gwinnett County for his book-signing last week with a team of roadies and his own bus, with his face plastered on the side.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio signs books at Discovery Mills in Gwinnett County on Thursday. Marcelo Wheelock, Mundo Hispanico/ Marcelo.Wheelock@mundohispanico.com

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio signs books at Discovery Mills in Gwinnett County on Thursday. Marcelo Wheelock, Mundo Hispanico/ Marcelo.Wheelock@mundohispanico.com

And this is a man who’s only getting mentions for vice president?

But seriously, it was significant that, on Thursday, while Louisiana Gov. Bobby …

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Marco Rubio: Mitt Romney’s campaign has done ‘a fantastic job’

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Late Wednesday, the Wall Street Journal editorial page posted a sharp critique of the way GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is handling his presidential campaign. The lambasting more than echoed skeptical Tweets from the paper’s owner, Rupert Murdoch.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio signs books at Discovery Mills in Gwinnett County on Thursday. Marcelo Wheelock, Mundo Hispanico/ Marcelo.Wheelock@mundohispanico.com

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio signs books at Discovery Mills in Gwinnett County on Thursday. Marcelo Wheelock, Mundo Hispanico/ Marcelo.Wheelock@mundohispanico.com

It just so happens that U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., spoken of in many quarters as a potential running mate for Romney, was in Gwinnett County this afternoon. (Take a look at the above photo – is that a vehicle for a man who wants to be vice president? He even had roadies.)

Rubio was in town – at Books-A-Million at Discover Mills (very close to Ralph Reed’s office, actually) – to push his new memoir, “An American Son.” So he was in no mood to give a sharp elbow to the man who will leave Tampa next month as the Republican nominee for president. Said Rubio:

”I haven’t …

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Your morning jolt: Miscreants, armed citizens clash in Athens

According to the Athens Banner-Herald, three people in Athens have used guns to halt crimes in progress recently, prompting cops to caution that a call to 911 may be safer:

“Athenians seem to be making more use of the Second Amendment these days,” said Ron Carlson, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia School of Law.

“These and other recent cases involve very different facts, but one theme resonates as a common denominator: citizens seem more ready these days to protect themselves or others who may be in mortal danger by using a gun,” Carlson said.

From Athens police:

“I believe in the Second Amendment, but I wish people wouldn’t take the law into their own hands unless it’s a direct threat where they know their life is in danger or someone else’s is,” said Capt. Clarence Holeman, commander of the Athens-Clarke police Centralized Criminal Investigations Division.

“If time permits, the appropriate thing to do would always be to call the authorities,” he said. “We’re …

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Report: Nathan Deal based savings from Florida drug-test law on bogus findings

Last week, when Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law a measure to require welfare applicants to submit to a drug test, his office included a precedent in the press release:

“Florida passed similar legislation back in 2010 decreasing their welfare applicant pool by 48 percent and saving their state $1.8 million.”

But the Huffington Post reports that the above statement is based on “bad research” conducted by a conservative think tank. Florida’s own evaluation of the law contradicted the finding:

“Florida’s caseload had been declining consistently since December 2010,” says a document from the state’s Department of Children and Families, which administers the assistance program (formally known nationwide as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families).

“On applying the previous rate of decline to a projection of the July-September 2011 caseload and factoring in the drug testing denials, we found that the projected caseload would have been lower than the actual caseload. Therefore we saw …

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Your morning jolt: Fox News is biased – against me, says Newt Gingrich

We’ve new evidence that Newt Gingrich may not be interested in returning to Fox News as a contributor once his presidential campaign is done.

Real Clear Politics snared this quote from Gingrich during a meeting with 18 tea party leaders in Dover, Del., on Wednesday:

“I think FOX has been for Romney all the way through,” Gingrich said during the private meeting…at Wesley College. “In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than FOX this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of FOX, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of FOX. That’s just a fact.”

Gingrich also had this assessment of his party’s reaction to the tea party movement:

“The Republican Party is a managerial party that doesn’t like to fight, doesn’t like to read books,” he said. “This is why the Tea Party was so horrifying. Tea Partiers were actually learning about the Declaration of Independence. They wanted to talk about the Federalist Papers. It was …

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Bank exec, tea partyers bash developer ‘bailout’ bill

You don’t always find the executive of a major bank and tea partyists lining to bash the Republican state Senate. But that’s the case today.

Both are pointing to SB 448, sponsored by Senate Rules Chairman Don Balfour, R-Snellville, which they say would allow developers to escape payments on personally guaranteed loans for projects that have gone bust during the Great Recession.

Most impressive is a March 12 letter from BankSouth CEO Harold Reynolds that is making the rounds of the state Capitol today. In his letter, which can be read here, Reynold asks the House to halt the “disaster” contained in the Senate legislation. A couple excerpts:

If the Legislature can retroactively annul a guarantor’s promise to pay, then banks cannot make loans based on a borrower’s signature. That is one of the surest means to restrict needed capital for small business. Certainly, you know of many businesses started in a garage with a signature loan from a community bank. What will the Legislature …

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Republicans settle on Tampa for 2012 convention

The Associated Press has moved a bulletin announcing that the Republican National Committee has settled on Tampa, Fla., for the party’s 2012 convention.

Obviously it offers opportunities for a U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio with White House fever. Here’s a first draft from the RNC meeting in Maryland:

Republicans choose Tampa as the site of their 2012 presidential convention, hoping the swing state of Florida will help them defeat President Barack Obama.

A Republican National Committee panel recommended the Gulf Coast city during a closed-door meeting, rejecting Salt Lake City and Phoenix. The decision came amid calls from Hispanic groups and others to boycott Arizona after it adopted a law to crack down on illegal immigrants.

Florida, with its hefty 27 electoral votes, decided the 2000 election for George W. Bush. Obama won the state in 2008.

“The host committee’s hard work and dedication resulted in a tremendous bid that we are confident will produce a successful event,” said RNC …

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Charlie Crist, the independent, says drilling off Florida coast is dead — for now

This from our sister newspaper, the Palm Beach Post:

Oil drilling off the Florida coast is dead for now because of the massive oil leak spreading in the Gulf of Mexico, Gov. Charlie Crist said, renewing his call for clean energy sources.

“This is the resurrection of the clean energy argument. Without a doubt in my view.

You’ve got to have solar. We’ve got to move more rapidly to develop wind, nuclear as well. If this does not make the case that we’ve got to have energy resources that are clean that don’t destruct our environment I don’t know what is. I mean, it’s exactly that,” Crist told reporters after a noon briefing at state emergency operations headquarters.

The newly-independent governor and U.S. Senate candidate called the timing of the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion “pretty extraordinary” given that some GOP leaders, including future House Speaker Dean Cannon and future Senate President Mike Haridopolos, were pushing for offshore drilling throughout the legislative …

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Marco Rubio says Arizona immigration law could ‘unreasonably single out people’

On Tuesday, Republican candidate for governor Nathan Deal declared he would implement Arizona-style immigration laws in Georgia.

But signs that all Republicans aren’t on board are popping up. This from Politico.com:

Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio said in a statement Tuesday that he fears the law puts the Arizona’s police force in an “incredibly difficult position.”

“It could also unreasonably single out people who are here legally, including many American citizens,” Rubio said.

“Throughout American history and throughout this administration we have seen that when government is given an inch it takes a mile.”

Rubio criticism was quickly followed up by a fellow Floridian, former Gov. Jeb Bush. In an interview … Bush said the law is not “the proper approach.”

“I think it creates unintended consequences,” he said. “It’s difficult for me to imagine how you’re going to enforce this law. It places a significant burden on local law enforcement and you have civil liberties issues …

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